Prague, May 20 (RFE/RL) -- The former prime minister of Bosnia says Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic should not be allowed to run in general Bosnian-wide elections set for September.
Haris Silajdzic was commenting in an exclusive interview Friday with
RFE/RL in Prague.
Silajdzic said the transition to democracy in Bosnia would have been
"easier" if both Karadzic and Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko
Mladic had been arrested to stand trial for war crimes. The two were
indicted for crimes against humanity by the U.N. war crimes tribunal in
Silajdzic said his recently-formed Party for Bosnia-Herzegovina
represents the "broad avenue of Bosnian Bosnia." He stressed the
holding of the elections mandated in the Dayton peace accord will
ensure the transition to democracy in Bosnia.
Earlier in the day, Silajdzic met with Czech President Vaclav Havel.
Thursday, Silajdzic discussed the situation in Bosnia with Czech
Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec. He also met with leaders of the
ethnic Bosnian community in Prague.